Stray ferrets spark appeal

The Scottish SPCA is appealing for information after two ferrets were found straying in separate incidents in Midlothian.

Scotland’s animal welfare charity was first alerted on the morning of April 11 when a female ferret was discovered at a scrap yard on the B704 New Hunterfield Road, Gorebridge.

The Scottish SPCA were then contacted on Thursday evening to rescue a male ferret found just one street away at Tiroran Cottages.

Now named Ziggy and Ann, the friendly creatures are being cared for at the Scottish SPCA’s Edinburgh and Lothians Animal Rescue and Rehoming Centre.

Centre assistant manager Kenny Sharpe said: “Given Ziggy and Ann were found so close together on the same day, we think it’s likely they belong to the same owner.

“They’re both really friendly and in good condition.

“Ferrets are notorious escape artists so it wouldn’t be surprising if they’ve both managed to get out of their home or garden or run off while being taken for a walk.

“Unfortunately, we also can’t rule out the possibility Ziggy and Ann were abandoned so we’re keeping an open mind at this stage.

“If they have gone missing it would be great to return them home. Otherwise, we’ll soon be looking to find Ziggy and Ann loving new owners.”

Anyone with information is being asked to call the Scottish SPCA Animal Helpline on 03000 999 999.